Justin Bieber Breaks Up With Selena Gomez, Begins Dark 10-Part Downward Spiral
Lil Swaggy Rap Debut
Of course, all this Ciroc tippin' and rack strippin' leads Bieber to believe that putting out a rap album is a good idea. He hits the studio with famous friends like Usher, Kanye West, and Lil Wayne. Shit, even Tyler the Creator gets in on the Biebz's rappin' debut, Switch Up. It sells like hotcakes and helps cement his transition from pop crooner to ruggish rude boy, but he still sings on the hooks and includes a couple heartfelt solo tracks, so as not to totally lose his white-bread fan base. He's praised for his originality, and for successfully bridging the gap between the worlds of rap and bubblegum pop.
But no superstar is satisfied with challenging themselves in only one medium. And Bieber's success in the rap game leads him to try other things, like acting. Instead of going the traditional rom-com route, he teams up with Martin Lawrence to star as the nerdy, wanna-be gangster from the suburbs who tries to hit the streets and become a real killer in a hysterically bizarre coming-of-age spoof. His army of Beliebers takes it to the top. But by now, the Biebz is gathering a new crowd of fans.